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Harsh Criticism on the 'Economic Stimulus Bill' by Republicans and Democrats

Monday, February 16, 2009

As expected, it's only Monday, and there is a ton of fallout from the Republican and Democratic base about the economic stimulus bill. Normally, you would see such a thing, but with the lack of bi-partisanship for the passage of the the bill, Obama must now face criticism from the conservative base, starting off with John McCain. According to McCain,

"It was a bad beginning because it wasn't what we promised the American people, what President Obama promised the American people, that we would sit down together," McCain told CNN's "State of the Union With John King." 
As the editor for this blog, I kind of agree with him. The $787 billion survived Congress with only 3 Republicans voting for it. They were Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Obama is expected to sign the bill on Tuesday in Chicago. But at the same time, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on CBS "Face the Nation" said that
"We're happy that Congress, in a bipartisan way, took steps to make whatever happens in this recession easier to take for the American people." 
Again, as an opinionated edited of this blog, I know that President Obama made an effort to reach out to Republicans to gain support for the bill, but I do not believe he did enough. With the bill passing the way that it has done, Obama will have a very difficult time in the future to bring Republicans on board with his kind of thinking. If the bill wasn't as critically needed, I highly doubt if the three Republican Senators would have voted for it. Several Democrats voted against the bill.
Now that it has passed, a good majority of Congressmen do not even know what is in it. Some claim that they did not have the time to read the 1100 page document. In the future, there will have to be changes made, and agreement to the changes will be more than just difficult to achieve by the new President. Again, I keep thinking of 'accountability' here. Who wants to be accountable for a bill that is supposed to bring so many people back to work; where Senators pencil in added items that cost taxpayer money, and then is approved by a Congress that has no real control in situations like this. The President would argue that they do have control.
Again, I am all for 'a stimulus bill' but what we now have verses what we really need remains to be seen. The bottom line is that the economy must now rebound; people must go back to work; 3 million jobs need to be created; businesses must start growing again; the unemployment rates must drop dramatically; less dependence on foreign oil must be a high priority with progress made during Obama's first term; the auto industry and banking industry problems must be resolved. All this must now happen as results from this economic stimulus bill that President Obama now has to sign and make law as early as tomorrow.


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